Once upon a time, in 1994, I was the GOP county chair for Oconee County, SC. Long time, entrenched Democratic Congressman Butler Derrick announced he would not be running for re-election. I screamed and shouted so long I basically lost my voice. Within an hour I had a call from Lindsey, telling me he had decided to go for it.
He was able to build a coalition of life-long Republicans, newcomers to the area, and conservative Democrats who switched parties (officially) to support Lindsey. Everyone knew the kind of man he was – honorable, decent, patriotic, a little bit country, and a compulsive golfer. If you knew him, the way we do, you would understand the Lindsey Graham who so passionately defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh. That was the real Lindsey.
The real Lindsey Graham is like a dog with a bone. Once he sets his mind to something, he is obsessed, he will not let it go. There are some who express shock and awe at his new friendship with President Trump. I’m not in the least surprised.
On Thursday, the country saw the Lindsey Graham those of us from South Carolina know and love. They saw the state’s favorite son, ‘our Lindsey’. They saw the person I’ve known for many years. He is the most honorable person I’ve ever met in my life.
If Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed for SCOTUS, it will be because Lindsey saved the day. If we are able to get a majority of decent and honorable conservatives on the Supreme Court, it will be because of Lindsey. I don’t think, back in 1994, we realized Lindsey would be the man who would push the Supreme Court to the right – for a generation.